United States Navy 2000 - 2004
From a young age I knew I wanted to be in medicine but not knowing exactly which area I wanted to focus in. I knew I needed to go to college and knew exactly how I was going to fund it.
I was born in Washington but grew up all over the US as a daughter of a Navy Diver. I graduated high school a year early and left for the US Navy at 17 years old. In the Navy, I learned a lot. I grew up quick and I was able to travel the world before the age of 22. I served with Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Southern Watch and lived aboard a US Navy Nuclear Aircraft Carrier the USS George Washington. We were the first ship to pull into the New York Harbor on September 12th 2001. After 4 years on active duty I got out of the Navy in 2004.
Army National Guard 2004 - 2008
I started to use My GI Bill after I had gotten out of the Navy and decided I was not quite ready to be on my own full time and be a college student. I decided to join the Florida Army National Guard in December of 2004 and trained with the 161st medical battalion just south of Jacksonville Florida. There I aided with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in Pascagoula Mississippi. I learned a lot about medicine with my Medic colleagues. I learned more about empathy, patience and above all how to handle myself in stressful situations.
Journey Into Dentistry
2008 - Present
I started my journey into dentistry after realizing that I was not quite cut out of working in hospitals or trauma centers. I needed something that fit my personality and I could still focus more one on one with patient care.
Various Sides Of Dentistry
In late 2008 I moved back to my home state of Washington to pursue dental assisting school which would eventually lead me into Dental Hygiene school in 2013.
I have experience in Pediatrics, General Dentistry, Periodontal Medicine, Sleep Dentistry & Holistic Dentistry.
Working in sleep and holistic dentistry is where I found my love for orofacial myology. I worked with sleep patients who seemed to have the same underlying conditions. Orofacial myofunctional disorders. And then the big question that no one was asking, "WHY?"
Going through the process Ii learned about my own dysfunctions and i put myself through my own program to help eliminate them.
Learning More With Training
I have been practicing Orofacial Myology Since 2017. I origionally trained with Sarah Hornsby, RDH. From there I went onto get my certification from the Graduate School Of Behavior Health Sciences and Sandra Coulson, SLP. I pride myself in learning from the best of the best in the field!